Other Unorthodox Catastrophism

Research continues into planetary catastrophism which calls for large-scale disruptions of the solar system involving massive planetary orbital displacements during the Holocene. Exponents of this viewpoint in the twentieth century include Immanual Velikovsky and a host of his followers, Zecharia Sitchin, and Hanns Hörbiger. I do not agree that the physical, historical, or mythological evidence requires or supports such disruptions. I do agree that there is increasing evidence that astronomical catastrophes have played a much larger part in the history of our planet and of humanity than has been credited in the past. In particular, I believe that the ideas of the British neo-catastrophists have merit. They posit that cosmic accretion events caused by the breakup of giant comets in the inner solar system have affected the Earth's climate and environment even over short time periods of a few thousand years.

The following web pages discuss a number of alternative catastrophist viewpoints. While I believe most of these ideas are wrong, they challenge us to think more clearly about the assumptions which underlie more orthodox theories. Some of these minority viewpoints might be more readily integrated into the mainstream (the Tollmanns, Van Flandern). You may also be interested in criticisms of some of these positions.

Alan Alford

Alexander and Edith Tollmann

Donald W. Patten

Hanns Hörbiger

Ignatius Donnelly

Immanuel Velikovsky and Saturnism

Paul Laviolette

Richard Petersen

Tom Van Flandern

Zecharia Sitchin

Other unorthodox catastrophism

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